Community Relations

Renton School District News 2013-2014

District begins work to find space for new, much-needed elementary school
Sept. 17, 2014—Families and businesses continue to move into Renton for its great schools, community amenities and positive business climate. With the growth comes the need to find options for school buildings to house the increasing number of students enrolling in Renton schools.

Hazen High senior Tudi Le recognized among nation's top scholars
September 15, 2014—Hazen High School senior Tudi Le is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Tudi is recognized as an academically-talented student with one of the highest scores in Washington state on the annual Preliminary SAT National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT).

District joins community organizations to celebrate Hispanic heritage
September 5, 2014—Renton School District last night joined together with more than a dozen community partners to celebrate the rich diversity and heritage of families in the Renton Highlands at the annual Community Heritage event in Kiwanis Park, in Renton.

City's photo enforcement program begins with the start of school
August 28, 2014—As school begins on Tuesday, Sept. 2, so, too, does the City of Renton’s photo enforcement program to help keep children safe as they get to and from school.

Renton business leaders welcome more than 100 new teachers to the district
August 26, 2014—More than 100 new teachers were welcomed to Renton today at the Renton Chamber of Commerce’s annual New Teacher Breakfast. This marks the 25th year that Renton-area business leaders have hosted the event to welcome new teachers to the district and the community. 

School Board approves new safety and security plan
August 14, 2014 —Renton School Board members have approved a new safety and security plan designed to help keep schools safe and better prepared for emergencies and natural disasters. 

Voter-approved construction projects continue as district moves to build new middle school
July 24, 2014 —Renovation of old Spring Glen School continues to allow for building of new middle school at old Hazelwood Elementary School site.

District 's 2014-2015 proposed budget places emphasis on classroom instruction, aligns to district goals
June 27, 2014 —Renton School Board members recently were presented the district’s preliminary budget for the 2014-2015 school year, which aligned resources with district goals.

Hundreds of Renton School District high school students graduate today
June 13, 2014 —Nearly 850 Renton School District high school students graduated today with a meaningful diploma after years of hard work, determination and personal accomplishments.

New discovery program opens at Campbell Hill Elementary in the fall
June 6, 2014 —Campbell Hill Elementary is the most recent school to house the Discovery program, the district’s highly-capable program for students in grades 3-8.

Renton School District and City of Renton to again offer Summer Lunch program across the city
June 3, 2014 —Renton School District and the City of Renton will team up again this year to offer free lunches during summer break to children at locations throughout the Renton.

Renton School District and City of Renton win Governors 2014 Smart Communities Award
May 29, 2014—Renton School District and City of Renton win Governor’s 2014 Smart Communities Award for collaboration to improve quality of life.

Secondary Learning Center students recognized as Outstanding Seniors
May 28, 2014—Eight extraordinary Secondary Learning Center students have been recognized as Outstanding Seniors by their school and the Renton School Board.

38 Hazen High students recognized as Advanced Placement Scholars
May 28, 2014—Thirty-eight Hazen High School students have been recognized as Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board for their hard work in college-level classes and scores on AP exams.

Hazen High students recognized as Outstanding Seniors
May 14, 2014—Twelve extraordinary Hazen High School students have been recognized as Outstanding Seniors by their school and the Renton School Board.

Renton High freshman among best in country to certify as Microsoft Office Specialist
May 12, 2014—Renton High School freshman Pavel Moiseev is one of the best high school students in the nation to certify as Microsoft Office Specialist.

Lindbergh High students recognized as Outstanding Seniors
April 30, 2014—Twelve extraordinary Lindbergh High School students have been recognized as Outstanding Seniors by their school and the Renton School Board.

District to provide free, full-day kindergarten to all families at all elementary school this fall
April 24, 2014—Renton School District will provide free full-day kindergarten to all families at all elementary schools beginning this fall, with the coming new school year.

Six Renton Schools and programs win state's highest academic award
April 24, 2014—Five district schools, and a program designed for home-school students and parents, have won the state’s highest academic honor for increased student progress and growth.

Parents, community invited to Renton Education Results Roundtable
April 16, 2014—Renton School District has joined with other organizations in the community to present the first-ever Renton Education Results Roundtable, a community discussion about the importance of education data and what it means to the success of students.

Change to this year's school calendar: All students released early Friday, June 13 | español
April 15, 2014All schools in the Renton School District will release students early on Friday, June 13 to accommodate transportation for high school graduations.

Renton Chamber of Commerce celebrates Excellence in Education
April 2, 2014—Renton businesses recognize teachers at annual Ahead of the Class awards.

Lindbergh High Robotics Team is District Regional Champions
April 1, 2014—Lindbergh High School’s Robotics Team is District Regional Champions. The team won the honor at last weekend’s Central Washington District competition. This is the school’s first ever FIRST District Regional Championship.

Renton School Board recognizes 2014 Outstanding Employees
March 26, 2014—Renton School Board members have recognized the 2014 Outstanding Employees. The teachers and support staff demonstrate an extraordinary level of job performance, support of students, professionalism and dedication.

Hazen High senior Emma Tuschhoff is a National Merit Finalist
Emma is one of only 15,000 U.S. high school students nationwide to receive the recognition
March 26, 2014—Hazen High senior Emma Tuschhoff has been named a National Merit Finalist based on her academic accomplishments, leadership abilities and exceptional performance on the PSAT.

Walker Renton Subaru donates $24,000 to Friends of Renton Schools foundation
Friends Funds were collected as part of Subaru of America's annual Share the Love event 
March 18, 2014—Walker’s Renton Subaru and Subaru of America today donated $24,041 to the Friends of Renton Schools foundation to provide funding for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs for students throughout the district.

Lindbergh High senior Thanh Dinh finalist for coveted Gates Millennium Scholarship
Dinh could be one of only 1,000 high school and college students worldwide to receive the award
March 17, 2014—Lindbergh High senior Thanh Dinh has been named a finalist in the 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar program. She is one of few selected from over 21,000 applicants.

March is Music Month
Friends of Renton Schools Foundation sets out to raise $10,000 for school music programs  
March 6, 2014—Music programs are alive and well in Renton Schools and the Friends of Renton Schools Foundation wants to help improve programs and make them more accessible to students throughout the district.

Renton teachers prepare for transition to Common Core State Standards
Parents can help their students be ready for the transition
March 7, 2014—Teachers in the Renton School District have been preparing for the state’s transition to Common Core State Standards, a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring varied state curricula into alignment with each other

Renton High School to become International Baccalaureate school in the fall
March 4, 2014—Renton High School has received authorization to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The go-ahead came this week after a nearly year-long evaluation process from the Associations of IB World Schools, the international organization that bestows and monitors IB status on high schools.

High school students use models and clay to learn about the human body
February 27, 2014—Hands-on learning is a big part of the school day. But in high schools throughout the district, "hands-on" is taking on a whole new meaning: Students are learning to build the human body from the inside out.

Renton School Board seek nominations for annual Outstanding Employee Awards
Feb. 25, 2014 - Renton School Board members are seeking nominations for the annual Outstanding Employee Awards. Each year the Board recognizes the hard work and dedication of district staff through the award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 10. Nominate an Outstanding Employee Today!

High School student-athletes have big winter season
February 21, 2014—High school student-athletes throughout the district received Seamount League honors for winter sports season

Campbell Hill Elementary Principal Zakariya Palsha named Regional Distinguished Principal of the Year
February 14, 2014—Campbell Hill Elementary School Principal Zakariya Palsha has been named 2013-2014 Regional Distinguished Principal of the Year by the Association of Washington School Principals. Palsha was selected based on his strong educational leadership, high expectations for school staff and students, and his commitment to meeting the academic and social needs of students.

Community turns out for Meadow Crest Early Learning Center Grand Opening
February 3, 2014—Hundreds of community members, parents, and current and past staff members recently attended the Meadow Crest Early Learning Center’s grand opening ceremony.

Old Spring Glen School renovated to accommodate Renton Academy program 
February 3, 2014 — Construction continues at the old Spring Glen School to prepare the building to house the Renton Academy program, which will be moved from its current location in the northern most end of the district to make way for the construction of the district’s fourth middle school.

Renton Community Foundation gives teachers and others nearly $27,000 in grants 
January 29, 2014—The Renton Community Foundation today celebrated 14 years of philanthropy by granting nearly $27,000 in cash awards to Renton School District staff and other community organizations through its 2014 Circle of Giving Campaign. The funds are made possible by personal donations of $1,000 or more from community members and business leaders.

Kindergarten registration begins Tuesday, Jan. 28 
January 22, 2014—Registration for new kindergarten students begins Tuesday, Jan. 28. Parents of eligible students can visit their neighborhood school to pick-up a registration packet. A child must be five years old on or before August 31 to be eligible for kindergarten enrollment.

Meadow Crest Early Learning Center Grand Opening
Grand Opening event on Friday, January 31, 2014, 3:30-6:30PM, 1800 Index Ave NE, Renton
Come tour the new school and talk to teachers and other staff about exciting new programs!

High School Testing Days Transportation Schedule
January 22, 2014 - Bus Routes, for high schools ONLY, will change for January 22 and 23, 2014. 

Campbell Hill Principal Zakariya Palsha receives 2013 Golden Apple Award 
January 21, 2014—Campbell Hill Elementary School principal Zakariya Palsha this past weekend received the 2013 Golden Apple Excellence in Education Award which celebrates individual educators, programs and schools making a positive difference in Washington state education.

Renton High basketball coach Rick Comer hits 400 wins
Coach Comer hits the 400-win mark in just 24 years of head coaching
January 15, 2014 - Renton High School boys basketball coach Rick Comer has joined an elite group of head basketball coaches by winning his 400th game.

Renton Rotary donates $127,000 for accessible playground
January 14, 2014 - Renton City Council members, and Renton Schools Superintendent Dr. Merri Rieger, were presented a check during last night’s City Council meeting by the Rotary Club of Renton for $127,000 to be used as part of the community-wide effort to build an accessible playground at the school district’s newly-opened Meadow Crest Early Learning Center.

Renton teachers achieve National Board Certification
District has more than 100 teachers who are National Board Certified
January 13, 2014 - Eleven more Renton School District teachers recently met the rigorous requirements to achieve National Board Certification for teachers. The district now has more than 100 National Board Certified teachers.

January is statewide School Board recognition month
January 9, 2014—Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed the month of January as School Board Recognition Month. This marks the 19th year of the annual observance.

District announces snow make-up day
January 8, 2014 - Renton School District will make-up the school day recently lost to the snow storm on Friday, May 23, 2014. 

Lindbergh High teacher Gene Kolczynski is a ‘Hero in the Classroom’
December 16, 2013 - Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks today honored Lindbergh High School teacher Gene Kolczynski as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” during a surprise classroom presentation that featured Seattle Seahawk Free Safety Chris Maragos. 

Renton service clubs come together to bring Christmas to children
Annual gift-giving event brings joy to nearly 100 local children
Dec. 17, 2013 - Renton-area service clubs have again this year joined together to brighten the holidays for local children.

Upcoming December Events in Renton Schools
December 13, 2013 - Several schools in Renton have organized winter events and musical performances.

Renton High School alum installs Wall of Honor in high school
November 18, 2013—Renton High School’s alumni association, the Friends of Renton High School, recently honored 12 alum by placing their names on the Wall of Honor, a recently-installed display of names, photos and biographies of some of the schools distinguished graduates.

Buy a Subaru, donate to Renton schools
Buy or lease a new Subaru from Walker’s Renton Subaru between Nov. 21-Jan. 2, and a $250 donation will be made to the Friends of Renton Schools foundation
November 12, 2013—Walker’s Renton Subaru will donate $250 to the Friends of Renton Schools foundation for every new Subaru purchased or leased between Nov. 21-Jan. 2.

District to present public with information, latest artist renderings of new middle school
Thursday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m., at Renton Academy, 6928 116th Ave S.E., Newcastle 
November 12, 2013—The public is invited to see the latest artist renderings and learn more about the new the new middle school being built in Newcastle on the site of the current Renton Academy, beside Hazelwood Elementary School.

Campbell Hill Elementary principal Zakariya Palsha is a 2013 Golden Apple Excellence in Education Award winner

November 4, 2013—Campbell Hill Elementary School principal Zakariya Palsha has won the 2013 Golden Apple Excellence in Education Award which celebrates educators, programs and schools making a positive difference in Washington state education.

Hazen High students recognized for athletic and classroom success

October 31, 2013—Campbell Hill Elementary School principal Zakariya Palsha has won the 2013 Golden Apple Excellence in Education Award which celebrates educators, programs and schools making a positive difference in Washington state education.

Renton joins districts across the country in the move to Common Core standards
October 30, 2013—Schools in Washington state, and 44 other states across the country, are moving to Common Core education standards in reading, math and writing.

Renton Rotary gives the gift of words to all district 3rd-graders
October 28, 2013—More than 1,200 third-graders are receiving the gift of words thanks to members of the Rotary Club of Renton. This is the eighth year Rotarians have presented the free dictionaries to every district third-grader.

Benson Hill Elementary School among top 5% in state in sustained student achievement
October 25, 2013—Benson Hill Elementary has been named 2013 School of Distinction for their work to continuously improve student success.

District and Renton Police create Adopt-A-School program for relationships and safety
October 23, 2013—The Renton School District and the Renton Police Department have created an Adopt-A-School program to provide safety at schools and maintain relationships that keep the entire community safe.

Hazen High School's Ed Crow named state's Asst. Principal of the Year
October 21, 2013—Hazen High School's assistant principal Ed Crow has been named the state's Assistant Principal of the Year by the Association of Washington School Principals.

All district 10th- and 11th-graders to take PSAT
October 11, 2013—All Renton School District 10th- and 11th-graders will take the annual Preliminary SAT National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT) on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at their individual high schools. The test is free this year for all students.

Nelsen Middle School teacher Vince Davis is a 'Hero in the Classroom'
October 10, 2013—Nelsen Middle School teacher Vince Davis has been recognized as a Hero in the Classroom by the Seattle Seahawks and Symetra for his work with students learning English and community work including teaching evening parent English classes.

Lakeridge Elementary School recognized by state for impressive gains in student achievement
October 9, 2013—Lakeridge Elementary School's impressive student achievement gains in reading and math has been recognized by the state's education office.

District science teachers lead state in learning new "Next Generation Science Standards"
October 8, 2013—Middle school teachers throughout Renton Schools are working with University of Washington scientists to be ready to teach new national Next Generation Science Standards for grades 3-8.

District awarded more than $102,000 for energy-savings efforts
October 2, 2013—Renton School Board members were recently presented two checks totaling more than $102,000 from Seattle City Light and local energy services company Ameresco for energy improvements at the Secondary Learning Center and exterior LED lighting upgrades at schools and facilities across the district.

Seahawks visits Renton schools to stress importance of staying active
Seahawks bring National Football League’s Play60 program to local schools
October 1, 2013—The Seattle Seahawks today visited Honey Dew Elementary School to encourage students to stay healthy, active and connected to school. The visit is part of the National Football League’s Play60 program. The Seahawks will visit other schools through the NFL season.

District hosts annual College Fair
Students and families will meet with more than 50 colleges, universities and learn how to pay for college
September 30, 2013—Renton School District is hosting its annual College Fair on Thursday, Oct. 10, 5-9 p.m. at Renton High School, 400 South 2nd Street, Renton. The event is open to all high school students in the district.

School Board presented latest artist renderings of new middle school
September 26, 2013—Renton School Board members at their regular meeting on last night were presented the latest artist renderings of the new middle school being built in Newcastle.

Hazen High School senior Emma Tuschhoff named National Merit Scholar semifinalist
September 24, 2013—Hazen High School senior Emma Tuschhoff is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.

New full-day kindergarten classes provide students and families with time for expanded learning
New teachers hired, computer labs reconfigured into additional classrooms, portable spaces installed, all to provide learning for new kindergarteners
September 24, 2013—As a result of state legislative action and funding, four additional elementary schools this school year were able to provide free, full-day kindergarten classes for hundreds of Renton School District children and families.

Campbell Hill Elementary School parents laude school and district for quick response to concerns
Elementary school asks parents for top concerns; works with district to meet parent expectations
September 6, 2013—Parents are praising Campbell Hill Elementary School staff and the district’s facilities department for acting quickly over the summer to rectify a parent concern about traffic on school grounds.

Nearly 1,700 district staff attend back-to-school rally
Renton School District union leaders join together in commitment to safe, meaningful learning environments
August 28, 2013—Nearly 1,700 Renton School District teachers and support staff today attended a half-day back-to-school event in preparation for the start of the new school year.

Renton teachers and support staff ratify two-year contracts
Teachers and staff are ready to open schools Tuesday, Sept. 3
August 29, 2013—With nearly 100% of the vote, Renton teachers and support professionals have each ratified a two-year agreement with the Renton School District. Both the Renton Education Association (REA) and the Renton Education Support Professionals (RESP) voted nearly 100 percent to accept the contracts. Renton School District staff are ready to open schools on time this Tuesday, Sept. 3.

More than 100 new teachers welcomed to Renton
Renton Chamber of Commerce hosts 24th annual New Teacher Breakfast
August 27, 2013—More than 100 new teachers were welcomed to Renton today during the Renton Chamber of Commerce’s annual New Teacher Breakfast. This marks the 24th year that Renton-area business leaders have hosted the event to welcome new teachers to the district and the community.

Renton School District earns a decade of praise for excellence in financial management, reporting
Tenth year of recognition for high standards in managing taxpayer funds and open, transparent accounting
August 27, 2013—Renton School District has again been recognized for outstanding financial management and reporting.

Renton School District’s foundation presents district with $100,000
Friends of Renton Schools has raised $800,000 to help support programs in schools throughout the district
August 15, 2013—Friends of Renton Schools (FoRS), the non-profit foundation created to help support quality education in Renton schools, has presented Renton School District with a $100,000 check. In June, the organization presented the district with $52,500.

Renton School District News 2012-2013

Elementary school Meet & Greet events planned for later this month
Students and their families can meet teachers, principals and school staff at annual school events
August 21, 2013 - See attached article for dates and times of school events.

Principals attend day-long training to be ready for new school year
August 6, 2013—Renton School District principal and assistant principals today attended a day-long training session to be ready for the new school year.

Dr. Merri Rieger sworn in as new superintendent
July 17, 2013—Dr. Merri Rieger was officially sworn in as Renton School District’s new superintendent at tonight’s School Board meeting. While Rieger has been busy in the past weeks getting right to work in her new position, this was the first board meeting since she took the position on July 1 to accommodate the official swearing in ceremony.

Open House on new middle school design, Thursday, July 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
Timeline to build new much-needed school on track to open 2016
July 10, 2013—The district, along with NAC Architecture, is presenting schematic designs for the new middle school at an open house this Thursday, July 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Renton Academy, at 6928 116th Ave. SE, Newcastle.

New leadership comes to Hazen High School
July 10, 2013—Randy Taylor has been selected as Hazen High School’s interim principal for the 2013-2014 school year, replacing John Kniseley who recently accepted a position at Kentwood High School in the Kent School District.

Renton Schools says goodbye to veteran educator who touched the lives of countless children and families
June 27, 2013 — On July 1, Renton School District will say goodbye to Superintendent Vera Risdon who has worked in the district for nearly 50 years as a teacher, principal, director of curriculum, and many other positions.

Middle school science teachers to attend summer school
June 20, 2013 — Middle school science teachers from across Renton School District are headed to summer school to learn next generation science practices and standards, by working with area scientists and engineers. Teachers will increase their content knowledge and instructional practice in science and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas for engineering and disciplines of sciences including biology, earth science and more.

Renton High School students’ summer job: building schools in impoverished countries
June 18, 2013 — American teenagers are undertaking the rite of passage of looking for summer jobs at fast food restaurants, clothing shops, the mall. But some teens, like those at Renton High School, are taking on a global task: building schools in impoverished countries to ensure girls have access to an education.